Previous / Next image of Last year the Javan rhinoceros, the rarest large mammal in the world, was declared extinct in Vietnam. The last one was killed in October in Cat Tien National Park, found with a bullet in its leg and its horn sawn off.
Lewis Hamilton An entertainingly fractious see-saw battle for the Formula One title came to a head at the Belgian Grand Prix in August, when Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate and very much former friend Nico Rosberg drove into the back of him, ending his race. But the 29-year-old from Stevenage eventually prevailed, claiming the title with victory at the final Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi – his 11th win of the season.
FLOODS The weeks up to the middle of February brought the most tempestuous weather in 20 years to southern England and Wales: 12 major storms delivered winds that routinely topped 100mph, and the coast was battered by waves of up to 75ft – some of the largest ever recorded anywhere on earth. People were killed by falling trees and masonry, and a cruise-ship passenger died when a towering wall of English Channel hit the vessel.
EBOLA First you get a headache and a sore throat. As few as six days later, there is a 50 per cent chance you are dead. It isn’t hard to see why the fear of Ebola virus disease – whose most recent and most deadly outbreak has so far killed more than 6,000 west Africans – ramped into a fully fledged global panic this year.
DISAPPEARED ‘Good night. Malaysian three seven zero.’ With these words a Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 with 239 passengers and crew aboard vanished in March. The aircraft was 40 minutes into a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing when someone in the cockpit bade farewell to Malaysian air traffic controllers, and shortly afterwards their counterparts in neighbouring Vietnam noted the plane was absent from their radar screens.